3 steps higher ed leaders should take before investing in blockchain
Shalina Chatlani Aug. 9, 2018
- Blockchain will have the biggest value in higher education in areas where trust is essential to the value chain in institutional operations, such as evaluation of student transcripts, processing of applications and maintenance of articulation agreements, said Oral Roberts University CIO Michael Mathews, at The Blockchain in Education Conference hosted by the institution in May, reports Campus Technology.
- From an infrastructure standpoint, Mathews said institutions have to establish a secure digital identity by investing in software that allows the credential recipient and granter to have a seamless and trusted connection, allowing for students to have a diploma that is stored safely within their digital wallet. This could mean working with a third-party application developer or developing the capability in-house.
- But before fully investing in blockchain, higher education leaders must take these steps, said Mathews:
- Spend a significant amount of time researching how the technology is impacting the industry and educate staff about it;
- test the technology to see if it follows validation and security procedures; and
- collaborate with other institutions to share best tips and practices.
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